San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced plans to use a transformed Super 8 motel to serve as temporary housing for families and children experiencing homelessness.

Together with City Attorney Mara Elliot, the mayor said the city will utilize the facilities of Super 8 in Egger Highlands to house the homeless who are venerable to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re looking at every opportunity to help those families and children experiencing homelessness during these trying times,” said the Mayor.

“The rehabilitation of this motel couldn’t come at a better time as the need for temporary shelter has never been greater. I want to thank City Attorney Elliot for partnering with me to provide safety and relief to so many families as we fight to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” he added.

In March, the City began moving families and children already in shelters to motel rooms to allow for proper physical distancing, centralize staff and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“During this challenging time, it’s more important than ever to ensure our most vulnerable community members are protected,” said City Attorney Elliot.

San Diego County was the only major Continuum of Care jurisdiction in California that saw a drop in homelessness in 2019, a trend that continued this year with another decrease of 6 percent in the region.

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